Soboleff honors THMS student
Thunder Mountain High School sophomore Tyler Meyer volunteers before school, during school and after school. He helps the nurse, he takes out the trash for the custodians and he wipes down tables during lunch. When school officials offered to pay him, he turned them down. In addition, he's "a model student" who "always has a smile on his face and presents a helpful attitude."

Around Town
Today, Dec. 11

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

School District outlines new set of goals
The Juneau School District is developing a plan it hopes will raise standards, achievement and accountability for students, teachers and staff.

Harbor dredging project open for public review
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking comments on a city project to dredge Douglas Harbor as part of an overall refurbishment plan at the aging facility.

Photo: Singing, not ringing
Jaskson Lee West prefers his guitar and blues music to the tone of The Salvation Army bell as he plays for donations Thursday at Fred Meyer.

Herman Meiners Sr.
Longtime Juneau resident Herman McDonnell Meiners Sr. died Dec. 9, 2009, in Juneau. He was 83.

Donald Williams Sr.
Longtime Juneau resident Donald Richard Williams Sr., Tlingit name Thla-usk, from the Raven Dog Salmon clan, died Nov. 19, 2009, after a short battle with cancer. He was 70.

Congress should raise debt ceiling
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

My turn: What do we need to do to create more Alaska jobs?
The mission of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is to promote a positive business environment in Alaska. It is something our members believe in passionately. Why? Two thirds of the jobs held by Alaskans are generated by the private sector. Without a healthy business environment, those jobs, and the quality of life we enjoy as Alaskans, will erode.

Copenhagen's political science
With the publication of damaging e-mails from a climate research center in Britain, the radical environmental movement appears to face a tipping point. The revelation of appalling actions by so-called climate change experts allows the American public to finally understand the concerns so many of us have articulated on this issue.

Real test is yet to come for Palin
At midday Friday, Sarah Palin's book-signing road show rolled into Plano, Texas, attracting yet another of the enthusiastic crowds that have greeted her throughout America's heartland. Many waited hours to meet the former Alaska governor and get her imprimatur on their copy of "Going Rogue: An American Life."

Where sleeping bears lie
Hidden throughout the Juneau area, hundreds of black bears sleep in their winter dens. Some of these dens are high above town, others are hidden in the forests amid the neighborhoods of the Mendenhall Valley.

Local Audubon club Christmas Bird Count begins in December
JUNEAU - The Juneau Audubon Society will host this year's Juneau Christmas Bird Count Dec. 19.

'Around the world' miniature golf begins at JACC
JUNEAU - Local artists have teamed up again this year to offer a miniature golf course at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center full of unique art beginning on Dec. 19 at noon.

Two competitive shoots happening for local shooters
JUNEAU - Two events are scheduled this weekend for those interested in testing their aim.

Agencies conducting avalanche training Saturday, Sunday
HATCHER PASS, Alaska - The Alaska Mountain Rescue Group, along with multiple search and rescue organizations, will conduct a large avalanche training exercise in the Hatcher Pass area, this coming weekend, Dec. 12 and 13. The Alaska State Troopers will also be participating in the exercise by assisting with logistical support and resources.

Grants available for historic building preservation and development
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Office of History and Archaeology is accepting applications for 2010 historic preservation development and predevelopment grants to help preserve Alaska's endangered historic buildings and structures.

Making memories hunting for holiday greenery
Harvesting a tree for the holidays might just be one of the most recognized and practiced traditions around. It's one that ushers forth memories of family outings into the woods, often in the snow and cold, to hunt down a little piece of perfection.

Audubon society hosting Tracks and Signs Saturday Wild
Kevin O'Malley describes nature tracking as the place where storytelling and science come together. It encompasses mammalogy, mathematics and the "super-complexities" of signs left behind.

4-H skiers getting geared up Saturday
This year's 4-H nordic ski season will kick off with the annual sign-up and equipment rental day happening Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2-4 p.m. in room 110 at the Bill Ray Center downtown.

Plant resins: Sticky stuff exuded for security
Did you ever lean back against a nice big spruce tree to enjoy a view as you relaxed with a sandwich and a cup of something tasty and warm? If you did, you may have found later that your jacket had acquired some sticky spots of resin from the tree. (I've noticed that this happens more frequently with new jackets than with old scruffy ones ...)

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Snow report
Conditions as of Dec. 10

Out & About
Today, Dec. 11

Trail Mix to hold annual meeting, board election
JUNEAU - Trail Mix Inc. will hold its annual business meeting on Friday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Deadline approaching for state draw hunts
JUNEAU - Application deadlines have changed for hunters wishing to participate in any draw hunt, including Tier I or Tier II hunts occurring between now and spring 2011.

Indian association to hold tribal elections
JUNEAU - The Douglas Indian Association recently opened nominations for the election of five Douglas Indian Association Tribal Council members for terms starting in January 2010.

SBA appoints Goings as NW administrator
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration on Thursday announced the appointment of Calvin Goings, as the regional administrator in Region X, to oversee the SBA's programs and services in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

Palin to sign books at Alaska Air Force base
ANCHORAGE - Former Gov. Sarah Palin is returning to Alaska for a book signing.

Alaska man saves dog from burning house
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska man on his way home from church rescued a dog from a burning house after checking to see if anybody was inside.

Seventh person pleads guilty in Alaska mail thefts
FAIRBANKS - A seventh person has pleaded guilty to a role in a mail theft ring that stole checks and credit cards last year from neighborhoods outside of Fairbanks.

Alaska gas prices are highest in nation
HONOLULU - The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report finds Hawaii with the second highest gasoline prices in the country.

Coast Guard plucks man off ship for aid
KODIAK - A Coast Guard helicopter crew has plucked a 61-year-old man from a ship 150 miles southeast of Kodiak Island and flown him to Kodiak for emergency medical care.

Jury deliberates in Seattle shooting
SEATTLE - The second trial of a man who stormed into a Jewish center in Seattle three years ago and shot six women, killing one, is in the hands of a jury.

Mining company to pay $1.8 billion to clean up toxic sites
SEATTLE - Mining giant Asarco has agreed to pay $1.8 billion to clean up more than 80 toxic sites in 19 states as part of the largest environmental bankruptcy settlement in U.S. history.

Full speed ahead
The Falcons boys' basketball team is out to prove that not all first-year programs should be taken lightly, and they'll have their first chance tonight at Thunder Mountain High School against Petersburg in a girls'-boys' prep hoops doubleheader to kick off the season.

Photo: Fastbreak fury
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's John Smith goes for a lay-up around Ketchikan's Deau Albertson in a Boys' A division game at Floyd Dryden Middle School during the Fastbreak Middle School Basketball Tournament. The finals are Saturday at Dzantik'i Heeni.

This squad is the 'Bomb'
Cross country runner Andre Bunton was looking at a lot of "HOR$E POWER" in the semifinals of the annual Juneau-Douglas High School lunchtime intramural dodgeball tournament Thursday.

Despite recession, Alaska's airport business picking up
State airport officials are cautiously optimistic that international air cargo traffic through the Anchorage and Fairbanks international airports is on an uptick after being slammed by economic recession.

Oil future stable, state official says
A combination of rising oil prices and tapering declines in production has given Alaska a projected 50 percent increase in unrestricted revenues from what it was expecting just six months ago.

Fencer passes on skills to Anchorage students
ANCHORAGE - As the young Wayne Johnson, it was hard to feel all that significant in the world.

BLM mulls 100-mile race in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The organizer of a proposed 100-mile combined ski, bicycle and foot race in the White Mountains National Recreation Area has already gotten more than 50 people to sign up.

Gov. Parnell considers oil tax tweak
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell is reviewing state oil tax laws implemented under Sarah Palin's administration.

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